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HOW DO I FIND AN INTERNSHIP?


#1: PLAN: IT'S A PROCESS AND TAKES TIME!
#2: FOCUS
#3: POLISH YOUR RESUME
#4: LEARN HOW TO WRITE COVER LETTERS
#5: NETWORK TO FIND OUT ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES
#6: USE ALL THE HELP THAT'S AVAILABLE TO YOU
#7: INTERNSHIP INTERNET RESOURCES
#8: TURN YOUR INTERNSHIP INTO A JOB



#1: PLAN: IT'S A PROCESS AND TAKES TIME!
Plan to spend several months and many hours looking for an internship. You will have to apply to many organizations to land a great internship.

Explore logistics: does your school or department offer an internship course for credit? What's the process for registering? Can you get paid and also earn credit? Can you afford to do an unpaid internship? Doing an internship in the fall or spring when you are already taking several courses for credit may be less expensive than during the summer - check out your options.



#2: FOCUS
Determine the type of organization you want to work at, and what role within the organization you want to explore. You will be much more successful if you are targeted vs. applying all over the place. Not sure? Search VAULT: Career Insider to learn about industries and companies. Make an appointment with a Career Services advisor by calling 312-996-2300, and/or with your school's internship office, to discuss your career goals and narrow your options.



#3: POLISH YOUR RESUME
Your resume is an essential tool to communicate your strengths to a potential employer. All related experiences are valuable, including course projects, student leadership, and volunteer work. Stop by during Office of Career Services drop-in hours (check website for hours) or make an appointment to ensure yours is as strong as possible. Click here for more information.



#4: LEARN HOW TO WRITE COVER LETTERS
You need to communicate to employers why you will be an asset as an intern at their organization. If there is a job description for the internship, read it very carefully, and target your letter to exactly what they are looking for. Express sincere interest in the organization. Click here for more information.



#5: NETWORK TO FIND OUT ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES
You will be more successful in finding internships if you use your network of friends, professors, family members, and anyone else you know to discover organizations in your field, and potential contacts within them. You can also network and look for opportunities at our career fairs, where employers often have both internship and full-time opportunities.



#6: USE ALL THE HELP THAT'S AVAILABLE TO YOU
Professors are often great sources of leads, and your school may have a Career Center that can help you find internships related to your field of study:

College of Business Administration Career Center: business.uic.edu
College of Engineering Career Center: ecc.uic.edu
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Internship Office: www.uic.edu/las/lascoop
School of Public Health Career Center: www.publichealth.uic.edu

Student Employment runs the Job Location and Development (JLD) Program. These part-time paid positions related to your career goals can provide workplace skills similar to an internship that are highly valued by employers.



#7: INTERNSHIP INTERNET RESOURCES
Finally! When you have completed the steps above, you are ready to start looking for opportunities online. There are many, many places to look. Check out our Internship Internet Resources for some great places to start.


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